Stratford and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place to bring up children and there is plenty going on for both pre-schoolers and over 4’s.
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**New!! Baby Loves Spanish every Wednesday afternoon**
Our songs are accompanied by a range of instruments, puppets, sensory play, bubbles, dancing & elements of baby massage and yoga for the babies. So we have a lot of fun playing while we also learn a new language together.
Research has proven that exposing babies and young children to the sounds of foreign languages as early on in life as possible actually pre-programmes / re-wires their brain to be more able to learn and speak languages fluently in later life. Amazing!
Classes run in Stratford upon Avon, Leamington Spa, Rugby & Coventry.
First class FREE so book your trial session today!
Wednesdays: family session for age 0-4yrs 2pm to 2:45pm & Baby class 3pm to 3.45pm
at Stratford Garden Centre, Campden Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LW
Thursdays: 10am to 10:45am crawlers to walkers
at Stratford Garden Centre, Campden Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LW
Tel: 07891 176975
Weekly music classes running throughout the county. Over the past 15 years we have nurtured 100’s of little people in our award winning music groups. All our teachers are musicians and performers! *SPECIAL OFFER membership for only £1 instead of £18 please quote “MUMBLER”*
Rock n Roll – babies from 3 months
Heigh Ho – toddlers from 12 months
Jiggety Jig – children from 2 & 3 years
Ding Dong – pre-schoolers 3 & 4 years
Vibrant classes with 30 minutes of structured music using a significant degree of originally composed music as well as familiar nursery rhymes. The music arranged to suit the development needs of the children in the different aged classes. Wonderful music kit of instruments sufficient for every child, things to bang, scratch, shake and jingle. A class that is FUN for both parent/carer and child
Mondays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Vicarage Road, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7RH
Tuesdays at Wellesbourne Sport and Community Gym, Loxley Close, Wellesbourne CV35 9RU and Warwick Gates Community Centre, Cressida Close, Warwick CV34 6DZ
Wednesdays at Rosebird Community Hall, 110 Shipston Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LR and Studley Garden Centre, Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley B80 7DR
Thursdays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ
Fridays at Chase Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT
Tel: 01789 720289 or 07771641712
Rhyme Time session with songs and rhymes for 0-2 year olds and parents and carers
When: Wednesdays 10:30am to 11am
Where: Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ
Baby Sensory is a baby development class designed for babies from birth-13 months. We have instruments, baby signing, massage and exercise, sleep techniques, social playtime, action rhymes and songs. Birthday parties also available.
When: Wednesdays 10:15am to 11:15am; 11:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Stratford Town Football Club, DCS Stadium Knights Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7BZ
Tel: Gemma 07989 502712
Indoor, bespoke, ASA registered swim school based in the private gardens of The Grange in the village of Broom
– 9:00am-10:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am-6pm Saturday (closed Sundays).
BABY & TODDLER CLASSES:
– Structured adult participation sessions to introduce young children to water.
– Classes run in the mornings on Monday to Friday dependent on age group.
– Aimed at 3 and 4 year olds.
– The year before a child starts full time school is a fantastic opportunity to teach swimming and basic water safety skills.
Where: The Grange, Mill Lane, Broom, Alcester, B50 4HS
Tel: 01789 772249
For example, meet & play Mondays 10am to 11:30am at Stratford Children’s Centre on Drayton Avenue.
From recent blockbusters to classic favourites, family-friendly world cinema and exclusive events, Kids’ Club at SuA Picturehouse is a great way to treat your family to a special outing without breaking the bank. Toddler Time and Kids Club continue through school holidays too.
Tuesdays: 11am “Toddler Time” film screening exclusively for preschool children and their parents or carers
Wednesdays: 11am “Big Scream” film screening exclusively for parents and guardians with babies under one year old. Enjoy the latest releases from our regular programme accompanied by baby in a safe and comfortable environment.
Saturdays: 11:15am “Kids Club” film screening exclusively for children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted.
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse, Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NL
Tel: 0871 902 5741
Private swimming pool located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. Heated to 32.6°C. The pool is 10m x 5.5m with a depth 1m which gradually deepens to 2m. Host to Swim Schools; Flippers, Water Babies, Turtle Tots, Puddle Ducks, Aqua Beans. Lessons available for all ages from babies to adults.
Aqua fit, Aqua Natal classes and Private Pool Hire sessions are also available.
Where: Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7NF
Tel: 01789 295885 or 07791 554013
Dandy Development is the award winning new baby and toddler development class that combines baby sign, music and sensory fun. Join in the fun with DandyLion to develop language and communication skills, listening skills, social and emotional skills, confidence and co-ordination and to stimulate the senses and imagination.
Dandy is split into two stages so that learning can be tailored specifically to developmental mile stones and needs. The classes are of a similar structure so that children know to expect fun but are different enough so that every lesson is a new and exciting learning experience. Each class teaches parents/carers simple signs and one skill or technique to encourage language and communication development. Supporting information is provided after each class to consolidate what has been learnt.
When: Classes every day of the week
Where: Leamington Spa
Tel: 07890 241 301
Children’s lessons, kids club and pony parties. Lessons include: weekday tots rides and Sunday morning tots and beginners sessions.
Where: Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN
Tel: 07974 374854
Sessions for toddlers, juniors, 11+ and beyond.
The MUM & ME preschool sessions run 7 days per week, 50 weeks per year (closed during the two weeks over Christmas and all bank holidays).
Where: Unit 5 Featherbed Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0ER
Tel: 07776 373471
Toddler Time sessions are on Mondays to Fridays 10am to 12pm
Where: Jump In Trampoline Arena, Hermes Close, Warwick, CV34 6NW
Tel: 0845 838 6214
*Recommended by Mumbler! Read our review here
Join Kate for storytime followed by time to play and create your own stories using props and art materials.
Wednesdays 9:30am to 10:30am
Where: Boston Tea Party (upstairs), Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
Cost is £5 per adult with child and a free coffee with any other food purchase. Babies under 1 go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Heuristic play uses children’s natural curiosity, to enhance cognitive development and problem solving skills in a creative and sensory play environment. The cost of the session is £6 per child, per week, including refreshments.
When: Wednesdays 9:45am to 11:15am during term time for ages 6 months to 3 years of age
Where: The Croft Preparatory School, Alveston Hill, Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7RL
Tel: Sharon Harrison on 01789 203833
Mums work out whilst little ones play in the play – come join us and see for yourselves that fitness is fun.
When: 10:45am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Chase Meadow Community Centre, Narrow Hall Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT
SPECIAL OFFER: First session is FREE
Our weekly workshops offer a variety of creative and imaginative ways for younger children to engage with theatre; developing confidence, imagination, physical awareness and motor skills.
Stratford ArtsHouse, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
Early Stagers 3-4 years Thursday at 1.30pm
Apple Club 5-7 years Thursday at 4.30pm
Apple Club 5-7 years Saturday at 9.30am
The Dream Factory, Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6LE
Early Stagers 3-4 years Wednesday at 1.45pm
Early Stagers 3-4 years Thursday at 1.30pm
Circus Club 3-4 years Tuesday at 3.45pm (45 mins)
Dinky Designers 3-4 years Thursday at 11.15am
Magic Carpet 2+ years Thursday at 12.30pm
Magic Carpet 2+ years Friday at 12.30pm
*Our Magic Carpet takes flight at 12:30pm every Thursday and Friday in term-time! Stories, songs, craft and a delicious lunchbox with the Playbox Team…no need to book in advance. Everyone welcome!
Tel: 01926 419555
**Booking now for April 2018**
Help your baby to communicate BEFORE speech with our award winning MUSIC programme which combines action songs and nursery rhymes with gestures derived from sign language.
Suitable from 6 months old.
Tuesdays from 9:45am at Stratford Methodist Church Hall, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG
Wednesdays at 1:45pm and 3pm at Wellesbourne Methodist Church, Bridge Street, Wellesbourne, Warwick CV35 9LR
Tel: Jude Meaney 07907 351645
A free story reading session for pre-school children. Booking not required.
When: Wednesdays 11am to 11:30am
Where: Waterstones, 8 High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6AU
Swimplicity is a brand new swim school with Teacher Nin (short for Janine!) who has 12 years’ experience, specialising in teaching babies and toddlers from only 8 weeks old. We regularly hear from amazed parents, “I can’t believe my baby can swim so young!”
We have a lovely warm and clean pool at St Greg’s, with exclusive use during our sessions. The water is only waist height, so it’s perfect for baby and toddler swimming lessons and for parents or carers who are less confident in the water.
Class sizes are kept small so that you can get the attention your little one deserves…. and most of all have fun together! Our classes are great value at £10.50 per session – ring now to book a FREE trial
When: 9:30am to 12noon every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Where: Swimplicity, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Avenue Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6UZ
**STARTS 28th FEBRUARY 2018**
A preschool dance class that includes singing, puppets and mime. We will dance to your child’s favourite music while learning and having fun, using some of my original stories and songs.
When: Wednesdays 10am to 10:45am
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon Preparatory School, Church House, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BQ
Tel: Linda 07932 352 405
Our unique and fun Turtle Tots baby swimming classes and toddler swimming classes teach you to swim with your young child, whilst giving you a fantastic toning workout at the same time!
The Turtle Tots programme of swimming classes begins with aqua-natal yoga for mums-to-be, and continues once your baby is born with specialist and progressive swimming classes for babies and toddlers. The classes have also been written in conjunction with experienced personal trainers to promote fitness through pre-natal and post-natal pregnancy exercises.
Croft House Pool Monday 12-1.30 Wednesday 12.30-3 Thursday 12.30-3
Stratford Manor Hotel Monday 9-10.30 Wednesday 9-10.30
Chesford Grange Hotel (starting soon!) Tuesday 9-11 Thursday 9-11
Tel: 07473 160765
Playing, singing, crafts and snacks. Come along and join us! A fenced outdoor play area, with adventure equipment and shock absorbent rubber flooring is available, weather permitting.
When: Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Where: Stratford Methodist Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG